YLNM’s 2017 pick of films and tools for mining resistance

In 2017 YLNM continued gathering tools to support and inform  communities’ efforts to resist mining, as well as films sharing inspiring stories of community resilience, victory and restoration. Here are some of the most powerful from 2017.

Films

Selkie: Restoring land, water and hope in the Finnish Boreal 

In the small Finnish village of Selkie, villagers and locally-based YLNM members the Snowchange Cooperative are working to revive their watershed, helping their ‘paradise’recover from the impacts of large-scale mining.

In Selkie, a new 30-minute film from Pretty Good Productions, the story of this remarkable village unfolds, exploring local identity, the importance of place and tradition, and how saving one thing means the survival of others.

Watch Selkie.


Community mapping and resistance in Ghana

This film follows the successful efforts of the Ghanaian community of Tanchara to resist the activities of Australian gold mining corporation Azumah Resources on their lands in north west Ghana.

The film is part of an excellent series by the New Media Advocacy Project that seeks to support communities to prevent human rights abuses caused by mining.

Watch


Mining and Resistance in Dinétah

Filmed in in Dinétah- the name of the land of the Navajo people, spanning parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah- this film follows the Navajo people’s generational resistance to the massive industrial exploitation of their lands for coal

Diné (Navajo) youth and elders are coming together to fight for the survival of their culture, facing up to the mining industry and US Government policies that have forcibly relocated an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 Diné people.

Watch


Deep Sea Mining: Leave my down below alone!

In this comic animation Mr Smashing makes a comeback with a deep sea mining disco love song, explaining the dangers of this experimental mining technology.

Seas At Risk, the organisation behind the animation, thinks it is better to step up efforts on the circular economy – make devices repairable, re-usable, recyclable. Use mineral resources more efficiently and keep them in the economy loop instead of wasting them. We couldn’t agree more!

Watch.


In Defence of Life / En Defensa de la Vida / Au Nom du Vivant

In Defence of Life follows the struggles and triumphs of four communities resisting large-scale mining projects in Colombia, the Philippines, South Africa and Romania.

These inspiring David and Goliath struggles demonstrate that when injustice and destruction become globalised, so does resistance.

Launch in 2016, the film is now available in Spanish, French and English.


 

Tools

Basic principles for protecting your community from extractivism

This 5-page introduction to how to protect your community from mining is designed to help communities respond rapidly to emerging threats from mining in their regions.

An abbreviated version of a longer guide written by Carlos Zorilla, a community organiser and anti-extractive campaigner from Intag, Ecuador, the guide includes discussion of:

  • Early warning signs- is your community being considered for mining?
  • How to avoid community division and counter corporate divide-and conquer tactics before mining occurs.
  • The importance of documentation, legal challenges and building networks to stop mining projects.

Download the basic guide in English, Spanish and French. 


Community environmental monitoring guide

This guide from YLNM members the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), is an easy to use resource for training environmental monitors in communities across the world.

It goes through logical and clear steps from reviewing your local environment then monitoring the impacts of activity to reporting, distributing and using legal and media advocacy.

Download the guide here. 


La Minería es Sustenable? Mining is Sustainable?

This toolkit of 5 videos from Latin American mining watchdog and YLNM member OCMAL busts industry-led myths about sustainable mining.

Through hand-drawn animations, OCMAL explores the true impacts of mining’s ecological and social impacts in a visually beautiful, easy-to-understand way that is perfect for audiences who have little knowledge about mining.

Watch the series.


Beneath the Surface

In this toolkit of short videos from the New Media Advocacy Project, communities resisting mining around the world share their knowledge both of the impacts of mining and how they are fighting back. The films offer practical advice for communities resisting mining.

Watch the series.


Video as Evidence

The Video as Evidence Field Guide from WITNESS provides basic and advanced advice on how activists can use video as evidence in criminal and civil justice processes, for advocacy, and by the media. It also aims to help activists and lawyers better collaborate on capturing and collecting valuable video evidence.

Download the guide


 

Further reading: 

 

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